Clipped From The Galveston Daily News
Right-winger wins British election BRIGHTON, England (UPI) Right-winger Denis Healey, 64, Sunday narrowly won election as deputy leader and probable future leader of Britain's feuding opposition Labor Party, smashing an all-out bid by left-wingers to capture control. In a runoff second ballot against extreme left-winger Anthony Wedgewood "Tony" Benn, 56, Healey won 50.426 percent of elec- toral college votes against 49.574 percent for Benn. On the first ballot, Healey had won 45.369 percent, Benn 36.627 percent and outsider John Silkin, another left winger, 18.004 percent. Silkin was eliminated, leaving the race open for a straight right-left contest between Healey and Benn. The final result was in doubt until ballots actually were cast. Three counts were necessary in the runoff.